Tools for real estate, virtual auctions and inspections are closed


Antonia Mercorella, CEO of REIQ Image: Stuart McLean

An emergency briefing from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk showed Queensland’s leading real estate agency called on the entire industry to cut back on tools on Tuesday evening. All activities will continue with the exception of necessary repairs and activities required by law.

The head of the Queensland Real Estate Association, Antonia Mercorella, briefed the estate agent on the situation on Tuesday afternoon as the Queensland government has twice changed the rules regarding services which can and cannot be prosecuted , all day. The body was “smashed” by the intermediary’s investigation.

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“You might have just learned the registration requirements for the QLD app, and now we’re talking about new lockdown requirements,” she told the agent. “I understand it’s overwhelming. I have clearly heard your frustration and I ask all of us to come together and overcome the difficulties together. What we want to make sure is that we are following the rules so that we can keep making real estate work. “

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Brisbane’s central business district was empty before the lockdown at 6 p.m. Photo: Josh Warning.

The areas affected by the lockdown in the state include 11 local government areas in South East Queensland-Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Summer Seth, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Areas and Gold Coast– Townsville (including Magnetic Island) and the Aboriginal counties of Palm Island, effective Tuesday, June 29 at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Australia.

Mr Mercorella suggested that those operating in local government areas designated as locked down by the Queensland government should revert to the ‘onset of Covid-19’ period when their activities are moved online.

Of all the sporting activities normally associated with real estate, the three-day event starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday includes opening days, routine rental inspections and on-site auctions.

She said: “During the lockdown period, non-essential businesses are not allowed to operate.” “During the lockdown period, day-to-day real estate practices in these LGAs cannot continue. There are no open days and no auctions. These are not considered essential. (We do not consider these activities to be essential work.

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Emergency lease maintenance and legal settlement requirements in the real estate industry are expected to continue, but the actual situation is not great. Image: NCA NewsWire / John Gass

“This means we’ll have to go back to the online tools we used when Covid-19 started. Everything we do in the online environment is perfectly acceptable.

Certain real estate activities may continue, including settlement and construction of properties and pest control inspections to meet legal obligations prior to settlement.

She said in these situations, these professionals, agents and buyers should wear masks to ensure physical distancing, wash their hands frequently and maintain good hygiene habits.

She said emergency property repairs can also be seen as essential, but routine inspections of rental properties should be postponed.

Lock rules

SEQ, Townsville, Magnetic Island:

1. In-person inspections, home openings or auctions are not permitted during the lockout period. You can restore virtual options before the lockout is complete.

2. Plan Saturday in advance. If you are planning to hold a public sale or auction on Saturday, given the rapidly changing environment, you may want to consider alternatives online, or at least implement a back-up plan. , which may include planning for stricter residential density restrictions. In your advertising materials for auctions or open houses, you may wish to use phrases such as “Covid Compliant”.

3. Any basic work that cannot be done at home can be done in the workplace.

4. Obligations to meet legal requirements may continue, such as property regulations, construction and pest inspections, handing over of keys in accordance with the rental agreement, etc. If time is not sensitive, please consider rescheduling.

Other parts of Queensland:

The rules for other parts of Queensland (except the 11 LGAs in South East Queensland, Townsville, Magnetic Island and Palm Island) are as follows:

1. There is no more than 1 person per 2 square meters indoors and the density of the outdoor space is unlimited.

2. All social distancing and hygiene requirements still apply.

3. Contact details of anyone present should be kept for 56 days, including name, address and cell phone number, for contact tracing.

(Source: REIQ)

After the blockade

In effect from 1:00 a.m. on July 9:

1. All open house tours, auctions and rental inspections must use the “Check In QLD” application. Now REIQ has clarified that all real estate agents should register their QR codes. According to this afternoon’s briefing by REIQ manager Antonia Mercorella, “Anyone responsible for listing / property must register their own QR code.” “You don’t need to get a separate QR code for each property. “

She said that after July 9, agents are no longer allowed to use their own apps for contact tracing. “Make sure you keep a very good record of the time and date of opening / marketing in case the Queensland Department of Health needs to contact you. “

The only situation where a property requires a personal QR code is for short term rental vacation homes.

For buyers and renters, this means that after July 9, they should download the “Check In QLD” app on their mobile phones and be ready to use it, but it is understood that in special circumstances, the ‘Agent The company will also take this approach and get detailed information down.

2. The new Covid-Safe industry list must be displayed in all auctions and inspections of public houses.

According to Queensland’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr Jeannette Young, anyone who fails to comply with sanitary guidelines (without reasonable cause) can be subject to “100 units of fine or six months in jail.”

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